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'End of the Spear' to Hit Theaters January 20

The movie End of the Spear based on death, forgiveness, family, love and overcoming adversity will premiere on Jan. 20 nationwide.
( [email protected] ) Jan 10, 2006 11:11 AM EST

The movie End of the Spear based on death, forgiveness, family, love and overcoming adversity will premiere on Jan. 20 nationwide.

Based on a true story, five missionaries -- Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Pete Flemming, Ed McCully, and Roger Youderian -- set out in 1956 to spread the Gospel to the Ecuadorian Waodani Indian tribe, formerly known as the Aucas tribe, but ended up being martyred for their faith.

According to the film's official website, the story follows the Waodani warrior Mincayani, who led the raid against the five missionaries, and the son of one of the missionaries, Steve Saint who was a boy when his father died.

As the story goes, Steve grows up and journeys to Ecuador to meet the Waodani tribe in order to find out from Mincayani what happened during the final minutes of his father's life.

Both families -- Mincayani's and Saint's -- are affected by the killing of the missionaries, but are somehow able to reconcile and become a family.

The movie is based on the true story from the award-winning documentary Beyond the Gates of Splendor, which chronicled how the violent and isolated tribe was changed by five North American families who introduced the Gospel to their culture.

The Waodani are said, by anthropologists, to be the most violent society ever documented. As one of the Waodani grows up, they start to understand from their way of life that they "must spear and live or be speared and die."

The End of the Spear, winner of the Heartland Film Festival 2005, has been endorsed by such Christian ministries as Open Doors and Bearing Fruit Communications who are both working together to promote the movie.

Bearing Fruit Communications said on their website, "End of the Spear is a powerful film that will touch your heart and challenge your faith."


It is rated PG-13 and will be shown in 1200 theaters nationwide.